The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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They sat watching television and drinking a glass or two of sherry before Elizabeth said that they had best be going; she put on her cardigan then her coat and headed for the door. Charlie followed her out and Albert drove them back home in his car. When he returned his mother and father had also left. It was way after nine o’clock when they settled down with a hot cup of Ovaltine. Laura’s mother swore by it to help with a good night’s sleep.

“Well what are we going to do tomorrow?’

“It’s Boxing Day, there’s nowhere open is there?’

“We could take a drive down to Harrogate and see our Emily.’

“I’d rather not Albert, her kid’s make too much noise and I always end up with a headache.’

“But I have their Christmas presents.’

“You can go if you like, but I am staying here.’ They will be down to see your mother and father anyway I expect.’

“I better give her a ring and find out.’

“I’m going to bed, Albert I’m tired.’

“Yes, it’s been a busy day for you having the parents over for dinner hasn’t it.’

“I won’t be long on the phone, I promise.’

“Good night Albert.’

“Good night love.’

Laura closed the door then went to the bathroom.

Albert picked up the telephone and rang his sister.



Christmas day in the Owen household was just like any other family in the Ridges Estate. Those who could afford it sat around the table with a meagre meal. Willie carved a large chicken that he’d acquired from his mate’s allotment garden. It had taken Evelyn and Judith nearly an hour to pluck the feathers out of the bloody thing before stuffing it with sage and onion and some sausage meat she had prepared the day before.  Young Harry helped his mother peel all the vegetables whilst Alan and his father went down to the club. They returned at three o’clock after swilling seven pints down their necks. The Queen was just about to make her speech when Willick turned the TV over. A western was just starting.

“I was watching that.’ I want to hear what the queen has to say said Judith turned it back over.’

“Well we don’t. That old bat doesn’t give a shit about us lot as she sits down to her dinner.’

“Well I happen to like the Queen, she brings a lot of tourists and revenue into the country.’

“It’s that Greek hooked nose bugger I don’t like.  He sits there all smug and looking down on us lot.’

“Just because you are not a Royalist Willie doesn’t mean to say that we aren’t.’

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